Assistant Chaplain - Zurich

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Church of St Andrew Promenadengasse 9

The Chaplain at St Andrew’s, Zurich is looking for a part-time assistant to help minister in Zurich and three smaller daughter congregations, with monthly services, in north east Switzerland.The appointment is for three years.

  • Experience of creative worship with children is vital to this role
  • The congregations include members from many countries and all continents
  • The diversity of the congregation is enriching
  • Living abroad is not always easy and results in very different pastoral situations, which requires good pastoral experience

We are building a relational church from a ‘commuting’ congregation and need a priest who is at home with both old and young, has experience of diversity and the intricacies of involving all-ages in worship.

There is no need for any superpowers, simply an understanding of one’s own humanity.
Accommodation will be provided, utilities included.

General to the role:

  • To fulfil the calling and responsibilities of the clergy as described in the Canons, the Ordinal, the Code of Professional Conduct for the Clergy, and other relevant legislation
  • To collaborate with the Bishops, Archdeacon and any ordained and lay colleagues in any initiative within the Diocese or Archdeaconry
  • To nurture the existing congregation through divine worship, teaching and pastoral care, for all ages
  • To assist the Chaplain in developing wider ministry to families, youth and children
  • Attendance at worship when not leading or preaching (and Council meetings)
  • To welcome newcomers into the fellowship of the church

Specific to the role:

  • To lead a diversity of styles of worship and musical traditions: in particular, working with the Chaplain to develop age-appropriate worship
  • To discern and understand the opportunities and difficulties of ministry in a wideranging expatriate community, taking particular interest in ministry to families and youth
  • To support the development of house groups to encourage members in their faith
  • To help reach out to those on the fringe and draw them into the life of the church
  • To assist in ministry to the daughter communities in Turgi, St Gallen and Zug
  • To assist the Chaplain in visiting the sick and those in need of pastoral care

Qualifications / Training Applicants for the post should:

Applicants for the post should:

  • have been ordained priest within the Church of England, or a Church in communion with it 
  • have satisfactorily completed Initial Ministerial Education 
  • be able to demonstrate a willingness to engage in ongoing continuing ministerial development appropriate for this post 


Candidates equipped for the role will be able to demonstrate experience and understanding in the following areas:


  • Equipping and supporting people in developing their talents
  • Working with young people, children and their families
  • Working with people of different traditions
  • Ease of working in a team context


  • Developing fresh ways of drawing people into church

Knowledge, skills and competencies

Candidates will be able to demonstrate that they possess knowledge, skills and competencies as follows:


  • Working with others especially those in the ministry team
  • Leadership skills and an ability to inspire others in using their own talents
  • Exercising pastoral skills
  • A working knowledge of German is desirable but not essential. However, there must be a willingness to learn. (D/E)

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Who we are:

Our congregation is primarily English-speaking expatriates, largely professional or managerial, working or retired, from fields such as financial services, engineering, academia and supporting industries, scientific research, IT, HR, etc.. There are some long-term residents and naturalized Swiss, some in mixed British/Swiss marriages, followed by younger families and a regular turnover of others on shorter-term contracts. A number of Swiss nationals choose Anglican worship. The congregation comprises British, North American, African, Indian, Asian, Swiss and other European nationalities who have found their spiritual home in St Andrews. The electoral roll is 154. The somewhat middle class, well-educated make-up of our congregation is the result of a combination of facts: we are an Anglican church located in Zurich, Switzerland’s major financial and commercial centre, subject to Swiss employment legislation and recruitment habits.